Debra Harkins, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Currently accepting students for Fall 2015

Phone: 617-305-1926
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 613


  • PhD, Clark University
  • MA, Clark University
  • BS, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Internship: Charles River Counseling Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship: Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Specialty Areas

Social justice; diversity; empowerment; pedagogy; organizational development

My current interests include using action-based research and process consultation models with multicultural, underserved, and diverse communities. Specific interests working with communities include empowerment, social justice and organizational development. Our project team uses a narrative based and action based method to explore the psychosocial impact of race, homelessness, social class, and gender on organizational development in underserved communities.

Selected Publications

Mizock, L., & Harkins, DA (2012). Researcher Race Social constructions in the research process. New Jersey: Information Age Publishing.

Jefferson, D. & Harkins, DA. (2011) "Hey, I've got a voice too! Narratives of adversity, growth and empowerment. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 3(2): 104-128.

Harkins, DA., Ray, S., & Davis, T. (2010) Diversity consulting and organizational development. Tamara Journal of Critical Organizational Inquiry. 9(4), 135-156.

Ronayne, M., Harkins, DA., Austin, M., & Sharicz, C. (2010) Power and empowerment in a non-profit organization. American Journal of Psychological Research, 1(6), 58-88.

Courses Taught

PSYCH 324 - Psychology of the Identity and the Self
PSYCH 346 - Community Psychology
PSYCH 408 - Senior Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology
PSYCH 720 - Developmental Theory
PSYCH 729 - Social Justice, Race, and Ethnicity